Top 5 Wedding Venues in Lancaster, PA

Close your eyes and think about your dream venue, what do you see? Maybe it’s in a rustic barn or maybe a vineyard? What is important to you? Lodging for your guests? All-inclusive wedding packages? Whatever your vision may be, we are sure one of these Lancaster, PA, venues is perfect for you. After all, they are the best!

We would like to start this off by saying that these venues are based on a few different key factors. First, they all have a Lancaster, PA, address. Many venues are in the Lancaster “area” but are actually located in Wrightsville, Manheim Twp, Elizabethtown, etc. Secondly, these venues are listed from The Knot, a trusted wedding resource when it comes to venues and important wedding planning tools. Lastly, the locations chosen are 2021 Best of Weddings Winners and qualified for the Best of Weddings Hall of Fame over four years in a row. Not every venue-seeking couple may agree that even the most luxurious, successful wedding venues are “the best,” but we are presenting you with the statistically best chosen wedding venues in Lancaster, PA.

From a barn wedding to art studio venues, Lancaster offers everything in between to match the dream wedding you have always desired.

 

5. Riverdale Manor

Starting us off is ten-time Knot Best of Weddings Winner for Central Pa, Baltimore, and Philadelphia at 4.8 stars, Riverdale Manor. This gorgeous 19th century farmhouse is located in the heart of Lancaster County. Have your wedding outside in the pavilion overlooking the riverfront or from inside the beautiful ballroom. No matter the aesthetic you’re looking for, Riverdale Manor can accommodate, along with 200 guests. Between the affordable price and all the 5-star reviews, Riverdale Manor is the perfect venue for couples looking for a simple but elegant wedding.

 

4. Excelsior

Next at 4.9 stars is the vintage charm, Excelsior, located in downtown Lancaster. The national historic landmark is a property complex that was designed for hosting “one wedding per day” for no less than 100 guests with maximum seating up to 275 guests. With indoor and outdoor spaces, this venue is perfect for a modern wedding. The space offers seamless planning with a wonderful and knowledgeable staff ready to ease the wedding stress of any couple. The industrial yet vintage tone of Excelsior will leave your guests wanting to have their future ceremonies here as well! A great venue if you’re looking to stray away from the barn wedding trend.

 

3. Mulberry Art Studios

Another 4.9 star, vintage venue at Mulberry Art Studios. A beautiful place for your friends and family to explore, enjoy, and remember. Indoor only and can hold up to 250 guests, they are known for surpassing expectations and creating a unique canvas that is different for each wedding held there. If you like options, Mulberry Art Studios is the venue for you. They let you choose your own catering and even art out of their museum that you can use as decor for your celebration – truly allowing the couple to choose their own vision for their special day.

 

2. The Farm at Eagles Ridge

A stone farmhouse that dates back to 1820 has been lovingly-restored with modern amenities to bring us to our first 5-star venue in Lancaster County on the list. The venue includes 150 acres of spring-fed ponds, historic buildings, and lush greenery and flowers. A beautiful space to tie the knot with up to 200 of your friends and family. The venue offers all essential amenities and accommodations with flexibility to choose your own catering, entertainment, and flower arrangements. Not only will The Farm host your ceremony and reception, but also your dress rehearsal and engagement party for a unique and charming experience. For those of you who are searching for a rustic, elegant barn wedding, your search now ends!

 

1. The Barn at Silverstone

The number one wedding venue in Lancaster, PA is…*drum roll*…The Barn at Silverstone. While the historic venue has been carefully restored, the original architecture and masonry has been preserved to create unforgettable memories among couples and their guests. Natural stone and wood features, exposed ceiling beams, and a custom bar area add a rustic aesthetic to any couple’s big day. There are different areas of this venue that have their own unique character to match every couple’s vision. With seating of up to 200 people and full wedding packages, it’s hard to pass up a venue this great and accommodating.

 

We know it has been a tough year for couples as they navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic to plan, or re-plan, their wedding day and honeymoon vacations. We hope if your original plan has fallen through, maybe we have helped by giving you new ideas for venue options.

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8 Trend Predictions For 2021 Weddings

After a messy year in 2020 full of cancelled events and rescheduled wedding dates, we should know better than to plan in 2021. That doesn’t keep us from compiling the must-have and most exciting wedding trends predicted for the year!

If we have learned anything in the last year, it is that we must adapt to the changes and new normal brought on by COVID-19. While weddings are starting to look a little different, that doesn’t mean they have to be any less special. We have created a guide explaining the top trends for weddings this year because, let’s face it, the show must go on.

 

Elopement

It’s quite romantic to think about marrying your significant other on a tropical island or at a meaningful destination in peace and quiet. With many health-conscious family members struggling to check “Yes” on your RSVP, you can elope this year without the guilt that typically comes along with it. There has never been a more accepting time to ordain your best friend and adventure with your partner to your favorite place to tie the knot.

 

Outdoor Weddings

Outdoor weddings have always been the trend, but for obvious safety reasons we will be seeing an increase in outdoor events for there is more room to stay socially distant. With indoor gatherings accounting for most Coronavirus surges, we will happily opt outside to party with the birds and the bees!

 

Live Streaming Pre-Wedding Parties

2021 may change the way you involve your loved ones on your special day. Live streaming proposals, virtual bridal showers, and watching your favorite couple say “I do” is one way to ease the Zoom-fatigue for those who cannot attend your wedding parties in person.

 

Intimate Weddings

The wed-now-party-later approach. Formal or informal ceremonies with under 25 attendees, intimate or “micro” weddings, are becoming more popular. Couples who are doing this tend to have a larger wedding celebration mentally planned for post-pandemic. Intimate weddings take away the stress of having to socialize with the hundreds of people in attendance and allow you and your partner to focus on each other and spend quality time with each and every guest.

 

Eco-friendly Weddings

From buying the dress from designers who commit to eco-friendly practices, to hosting responsibly, there are numerous ways to keep your wedding day green. Many venues are now offering in-house catering that use locally sourced produce and meats. Couples are doing away with plastic straws and even encouraging guests to take home flowers and decor.

 

Road Trip Honeymoons

As travel bans make planning an overseas honeymoon close to impossible, there is plenty to see right here in the United States! I think we can all agree that social distancing plays a huge part in the safest ways to travel and adventure anymore. Avoiding crowded airports and tight airplanes is a great way to start safely honeymooning during a pandemic. So pack the car, it’s going to be a long ride!

 

Flexible Wedding Budgets

With couples not spending thousands of dollars on catering and reducing their guest list, there is an increase in flexible wedding spending. With the money you are spending (or saving), you and your partner can afford the extravagant fashion to take breathtaking photos of your special day or put the money towards a dream vacation post-pandemic.

 

Online Shopping

One of the most fun parts of wedding planning for brides is going to the bridal shop to try on dresses and accessories. We miss our bridal shops dearly. Until such is safe, online shopping is the best alternative. Just because you’re at home, cozy on the couch in your pajamas, doesn’t mean you can’t buy one of the most stunning wedding gowns on the market. From budget-friendly buys to lavish couture, many online bridal shops have understanding return policies for brides.

 

Whatever the trends, remember this is your day. Make it your own and everything you have ever dreamed of it to be, despite the state of the world. If you are planning or replanning your wedding and still on the hunt for entertainment, we can help. Contact us to provide your guests with the best post-pandemic party experience.

 

COVID-19 Wedding Planning Tips

Not Your Average Wedding Planning

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the world as we know it, cancelling and delaying big-life events for many people. While we have high hopes of returning to some sort of normalcy in 2021, larger events like concerts, festivals, and weddings may require a “new normal.” The wedding industry in particular has taken a beating between vendors closing their doors, vendors going out of business, and couples scrambling to figure out their new plan for holy matrimony.

So that brings us to the million dollar question: how do I plan my wedding during a pandemic?

It is important to remember, you are not alone right now. Countless couples have had to make the heartbreaking decision to postpone their ceremonies or make changes to their special day to abide by CDC guidelines. The good news is, love is certainly not cancelled in 2021; that includes the joyful journey of planning, or replanning, your wedding.

Postpone Instead of Cancel

Coronavirus doesn’t call the shots, you do! This is YOUR day.

Smaller Guest List

While you may not have all the faces you originally wanted to see on your wedding day, a smaller guest list creates a sense of intimacy. With less, you are able to focus your time and attention on your wedding guests to thank them for coming, make conversation, and maybe even snap a memorable photo. A smaller guest list allows your guests to also feel comfortable given the current state of affairs. You can still live stream your big day for the rest of the family to enjoy from home.

You can start this challenging process by inviting those who you cannot imagine your wedding day without, such as the first people you told about your engagement. Trimming your guest list can and will be difficult. The most cut-and-dry elimination tactic is to cut anyone you don’t talk to on a regular basis. You can incorporate these people through a virtual livestream of your wedding, and once the madness is over, throw a big party in a more fun and relaxed setting rather than dealing with the formalities of a wedding.

Supporting Small Business

By postponing your wedding instead of cancelling, you are still supporting the small business of many mom-and-pop vendors which will help keep them in business.

If you are planning a wedding, consider small business vendors. Many offer unique features you won’t be able to find through a larger all-in-one inclusive wedding package.

Virtually Plan (And Livestream!)

If there’s anything the pandemic has taught us (other than hand hygiene), it’s the power of technology. We are lucky to live in an era where we can get information any time we need it, watch and create live videos on our phone screens, and wedding planning is possible from the couch.

Virtual Venue Tours

Virtual tours have been around for a long time and quite frankly, are not going away anytime soon. However, many venues are now offering personalized virtual tours via Facetime! This way, you are able to virtually “walk” through the venue and ask detailed questions in live time, rather than struggle through an online chat. Live virtual tours give couples a chance to get to know the venue coordinator and discuss details. Virtual tours are expected to be treated like a normal tour, so don’t be shy; take as many screenshots and ask as many questions as you would like!

Virtual Vendor Consultations

Of course, you can’t virtually get your hair done or sample food and cake, but you can, however, get to know some of your other vendors! By setting up virtual appointments with photographers, videographers, floral designers, DJs, and coordinators, they can show you samples of their best work along with their packages and contracts from the comfort of your own home.

Livestream Your Wedding

Couples who are ready to get married now, despite what’s going on in the world, can still share their special day with their loved ones using a live stream on Facebook or any other streaming platform. Technology has truly connected us more than ever during this pandemic. You could even throw a virtual after-party through Google Hangouts or Zoom! Remember, even if you have a digital ceremony now, you can still have your dream wedding later!

Plus, how many couples get two excuses every year to pop champagne and have a fancy “anniversary” dinner?

So, as you’re planning your wedding in 2021, know that we’re here for you. While planning may be different now than it was for couples before you, we won’t let a global pandemic or social distancing get in the way of celebrating marriage, because love always wins.

Contact us for more information about wedding assistance, vendors, or entertainment.